Course Information


Go the next step in your ASI SUP Instructor career.   Provide coaching to improve technical paddling skills. 
This course is available via a combination of e-learning and trainer led workshop session.  You are also eligible to become an ASI Associate Trainer. 



Conduct assessment of stand up paddle skills, create training plans and provide coaching to improve performance, for recreational paddlers in enclosed flat water locations. 


Qualified to coach at Enclosed Flat Water locations, defined as:

  • inland waterways and bodies of water including creeks, rivers, lakes, lagoons, estuaries, canals
  • no wider than 1 km (0.6 miles)
  • with no swell or breaking waves
  • wind speed less than 12 knots
  • water depth no less than 3ft
  • free from hazards
  • no more than 250 metres from shore


Career Outcomes:

    Stand Up Paddle Instructor or Coach in the SUP or outdoor recreation industry.
    Industry job roles that require SUP knowledge (e.g. marketing, sales, retail).
    Elilgible to be an ASI Associate Trainer.

Topics Covered:

    • Identify human anatomy in relation to SUP  
    • Analyse use of the body, common mistakes 
    • Analyse use of paddle, and common mistakes 
    • Identify how to correct poor technique 
    • Identify injuries that can result due to poor technique
    • Understand stroke efficiency / cadence 
    • Identify suitable equipment and effect on technique
    • Assessing SUP performance using ASI assessment criteria and video analysis
    • Identify drills and skills to correct technique
    • Prepare individualised coaching plans to improve performance 
    • Identify the requirement for basic strength and conditioning exercises to assist in improving paddling technique.

Entry Requirements:

Before starting this course, you must:

  • Hold ASI Level 1 SUP Instructor (Enclosed Flat Water) certificate 

  • Have completed a minimum of 500 hours on water paddling experience.

  • Personal paddling ability.  
    Paddle with correct technique, with power and safety in enclosed flat water locations, demonstrating:  correct use of paddle, posture, reach and hinging at hips. Paddle at 50 strokes per minute.

  • English speaking skills.

Delivery Options:

The course combines the following:

  • Online learning theory
  • Practical skills session (workshop)
  • Projects 

ASI's E-learning Platform
ASI's e-learning platform provides access to training manuals, videos, reference materials and assessments.  Access is available for all the above delivery options.  

Course Requirements:

1. Receive online learning access. 
2. Read the online modules, view videos  (ideally prior to attending workshop) 
At workshop 
Attend one day workshop to cover key concepts, video analysis and on water SUP technical skills. 
Post workshop assessments 
1). Submit video of personal paddling skills demonstrating paddling ability at the technical coach level (paddle stroke, cadence 50 strokes per min plus other water skills- enter/exit water, paddling on knees, dismounts, getting back on, stopping, turning methods)
2). Complete project – assessment of your student 
Find one student. Conduct assessment of paddle stroke skills, using ASI assessment forms and provide coaching feedback.  
3). Video analysis
Complete online Paddle Stroke Video Analysis for 5 paddlers, using the ASI video scenarios.



Submit a current water rescue certificate
Submit a current first aid certificate 


Other Information 

Demonstrating Competency                                                                                             

If you cannot demonstrate competent paddling skills, you can resubmit video. 
First reassessment is free. 
Fees apply.  See FAQs about ASI Courses for re-assessment fees.   

Time to Complete                                                                                                              

You have 12 months to complete all course requirements.  At which time the enrolment cancels. 

First Aid and Water Rescue Certificates                                                                            

Rescue and first aid certificates can be submitted before or after the training. 

As a minimum, you need a Flat Water Rescue certificate.  You can also hold a surf rescue certificate.    
The certificate date must not be expired. Certificates that are more than 2 years old are not accepted.
(ASI offers an e-learning SUP flat water rescue courses)

Find Approved Flat Water Rescue Training Providers  
Find Approved Surf Rescue Training Providers

Senior First Aid:  
The certificate date must not be expired.  Certificates that are more than 3 years old are not accepted. 
Online only or First Aid at Work certificates are not acceptable.  Topics should cover situations that could occur in outdoors environments.  A description of topics is at: Find Description and Approved Senior First Aid Training Providers​

What we provide:

Online manual and videos
Access to ASI’s e-learning platform
Paperbased reference manual


The following equipment and clothing is required to complete the training:

  • Flat water stand up paddle board
  • Paddle
  • Coiled leash 
  • SUP clothing suitable for paddling
  • Access to 1 student for your project 

In addition, for E-learning theory: 

  • Computer to access ASI e-learning platform  
  • Video camera or mobile phone to take video 

Certificate issued:

ASI Stand Up Paddle Technical  Coach (Enclosed Flat Water) Certificate
(valid for 12 months)

Additional certificate issued:



Renewal requirements.  click here


Do you have a question?  See the FAQ's page. click here